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Tobacco plant holds key to fighting cancer

April 9, 2014

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  La Trobe University research has revealed a tobacco plant’s natural defence mechanisms could be harnessed to kill cancer cells in the human body. Scientists at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science have identified that a molecule in the flower of the plant that fights fungi and bacteria also has the ability to identify […]

New insight into cell death could help fight heart disease

March 18, 2014

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La Trobe University research has shed new light on how dead and dying cells are removed from the human body.  The research could also lead to new ways to boost the body’s defence mechanisms and better treat a range of inflammatory diseases such as heart disease. Cell biologist Dr Ivan Poon has been studying a […]

National fight against cancer and Alzheimer’s disease

February 21, 2014

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Key role for La Trobe in new Government Research Centres of Excellence The Federal Government has awarded $8m to three La Trobe University scientists for leading-edge research into next-generation immunological and plant-based therapies for cancer and other diseases. Research groups led by physicists Dr Brian Abbey and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Keith Nugent, and by […]

Weed research offers insight into Alzheimer’s disease

November 23, 2013

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Scientists have discovered in the common weed thale cress a new substance with an important link to human brain chemistry responsible for turning off plaque formation in Alzheimer’s disease. The research has just been published in the top US journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science). It was carried out by an international […]

Unique role in $17 million US global health program

August 29, 2013

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La Trobe University has been selected to take part in a new $17 million science program launched  by the peak United States’ medical science funding body, the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program comprises a consortium of more than 30 universities involved in 24 research projects and will probe the next frontier in the […]

La Trobe quadruples ARC Linkage grant success

July 1, 2013

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La Trobe University research into major areas of national concern in agriculture, public health, disability, multiculturalism and sport has received $2.57 million in collaborative R&D funding under the Government’s Australian Research Council Linkage Scheme. Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Keith Nugent, said this was the University’s best  outcome under the scheme in three years. It represented […]

Global health researcher wins Gates Foundation funding

May 23, 2013

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La Trobe University geneticist Dr Warwick Grant is one of only two Australians among 58 scientists world-wide recently awarded a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation With more than 120 million people at risk from a chronic debilitating parasitic disease called river blindness, his ground-breaking global health research focuses […]